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Seaver College Update | Limited On-Campus Activities

February 23, 2021

As we enter the third week of classes, I hope you are enjoying your spring 2021 classes. As stated in the college's January 8 and February 8 updates, Pepperdine University and Seaver College leadership have been in close conversation with Los Angeles County Public Health officials regarding the possibility of resuming a limited set of on-campus activities. Following the University's announcement earlier this afternoon, I am pleased to share that beginning Wednesday, February 24, 2021, students will be able to access the Malibu campus for a modest set of limited on-campus activities.

I know this change has generated many questions, so I encourage you to reference a helpful Frequently Asked Questions page with specific details on campus access and guidelines for each newly permissible activity. For your convenience, abbreviated descriptions of the newly permitted activities and additional information are listed below.


Registered students, staff, and faculty are permitted to use Payson Library facilities at 25 percent of the maximum building capacity. Students will be able to reserve library time slots via the link provided in the Resources tab of the Navigate app or on Payson Library's reservation website.

Drescher Graduate Campus Library, at this time, will be reserved for use by student-athletes pursuant to NCAA and state guidelines. The Harnish Law Library will be available only to currently enrolled law students beginning March 1. All other graduate campus libraries remain closed.

Fine Arts

Use of art studios, theatre rehearsal spaces, music practice rooms will be available for individual or very small group activities to fulfill academic requirements. All activities are limited to groups of four or less, including the instructor. Activities requiring the removal of face coverings, such as practicing a woodwind instrument, is only permissible alone in a studio or practice room. Students who are eligible to access these spaces will be contacted by the Fine Arts Division. Students may not use these spaces without being granted access by the division.

Film, Video, and Music Productions

Film, video, and music production spaces are available for developing academic projects or content. Use of indoor space for post-production and editing activities is limited to groups of four or less. Productions must follow the county's higher education protocols for smaller productions and, if more complex, also the county's film industry protocols. Students who are eligible to access these spaces will be contacted by the Communication Division. Students may not use these spaces without being granted access by the division.

Outdoor Recreation

Faculty, staff, and registered students may use some outdoor sports facilities for non-contact sports and recreation at a maximum of 25 percent capacity. The facilities available for general University community use are listed in the University announcement on and the FAQ page.

Outdoor Spaces and Research Labs

The University and the college continue to clarify the written guidelines for the use of outdoor study spaces and undergraduate research labs. These activities are not permissible at this time. Future updates will be provided when these activities may begin.

Hours of Operation

The Malibu campus will be available weekdays from 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM and from 8 AM to 5 PM during the weekend. Details for accessing campus are indicated on the FAQ page.

Daily Wellness Check

Students returning to campus will be required to complete Pepperdine's Daily Wellness Check. As indicated in the University announcement, you must receive a green dot from the Daily Wellness Check to return to campus. If you receive any other color dot, please contact the Student Health Center during normal business hours. Further details on use of the wellness check system are on the FAQ page.

Additional Requirements for On-Campus Activities

All students are advised of the following:

  • Wearing a face covering, social distancing (six feet), frequent hand washing or sanitizing and all other health and safety protocols set forth in the Pepperdine Restoration Plan will be required to return to campus.
  • All residential areas are closed to students not currently living on campus.
  • Only facilities required for the aforementioned activities will be accessible by students. Access to these facilities is strictly limited to students who have been contacted by the respective academic divisions and granted prior permission. All other University buildings and offices remain closed for students during visits to campus.

Resumption of this modest group of on-campus activities is a positive and encouraging development, but it does not indicate a reopening of any Pepperdine campus, nor does it suggest that classes may begin to operate in person soon. L.A. County remains in the "widespread," or "purple," tier according to the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy, and the University's ability to resume in-person classes will be informed by the requirements set forth in that plan. As updated guidelines are considered by the county, including those that may permit additional on-campus activities, information will be shared by the University and college as it becomes available.


I am thankful that conditions have improved and that L.A. County Public Health has granted Pepperdine the approval to resume limited on-campus activities for Seaver College students currently living on or near the Malibu campus. I also am acutely aware that students studying elsewhere across the United States and internationally cannot avail themselves of these benefits. To these students, I encourage you to see the promise of this development as a needed step toward the future resumption of all on-campus activities. Further, to all students, please know that we continue to advocate, plan, and prepare for your return to the Malibu and international program campuses.

As a reminder, Seaver College's next update will occur on March 1, 2021.

Until we can be together in person, I urge all students to continue to take advantage of the wealth of University resources available to you, no matter your location. These resources include faculty office hours, the Student Success Center, the Career Center, the Student Care Team, Hub for Spiritual Life, Student Health Center, Counseling Center, Intercultural Affairs, and Community Engagement and Service. All of Pepperdine is here to support you.

As always, each of you remains in my prayers. Stay safe and be well.